Troopers seek man who confronted officers with rifle in Unalakleet

Casey Grove

An armed and drunken man confronted law enforcement officers in Unalakleet early Thursday, according to Alaska State Troopers, who were still trying to find him later in the day.

A village public safety officer and a police officer noticed lights on in a Unalakleet home about 3 a.m. Thursday and contacted the owner, who was not there, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. The owner told them to go in, and 28-year-old Unalakleet resident Peter Jackson "confronted" them inside, Ipsen said. Jackson appeared to be drunk and held a rifle, she said.

"They retreated and called troopers," Ipsen said. "(Jackson) left the house and started walking around the village, and he was still armed with the rifle."

The officers watched Jackson from a safe distance but lost track of him, Ipsen said. Someone spotted him later, about 9 a.m., without the rifle, the troopers spokeswoman said. There were no overt threats to the public, she said.

Troopers are asking anyone who has contact with Jackson to help put them in touch with him, Ipsen said.

"We'd like to talk to him," she said.

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